The Center for Personal Rights, another charity with rather high salary/revenue

19 Nov

Odds are you haven’t heard of the Center for Personal Rights. It’s a small organization recently formed to promote “vaccine choice”. If you’ve heard of the book Vaccine Epidemic, that’s their work. And, yes, a big piece of the “vaccine choice” movement involves promoting the failed “vaccines-caused-an-autism-epidemic” idea.

Tax forms are now available for the first three years of the Center for Personal Rights (2010, 2011 and 2012). The records show that they’ve pulled in a respectable $165,000 in that time, and revenues were up each year. By far the majority of revenue is from contributions/gifts/grants and not from sales of their book. Here are those tax forms

Center for Personal rights 2010 form 990

Center for Personal rights 2011 form 990

Center for Personal rights 2012 form 990

Let’s take a look at how much of the money taken in has gone to salaries of the board members. Well, board member, as it appears that the executive director, Louise Kuo Habakis, is the only one on the board being paid. Here are revenue and compensation:

Total Revenue: $42,072
executive compensation: $0

Total Revenue: $53,300
Executive compensation: $33,065

i.e. 62% of revenue went to board member compensation.

Total Revenue: $69,823
Executive Compensation: $74,355

i.e. 106% of revenue went to board member compensation.

Total for three years?
Revenue: $165,195
Board member compensation: $107,420

Or, 65% of revenue went to compensation of Ms. Hubakis. It’s a rather modest salary, but a large fraction of the revenue.

What else has the Center for Personal Rights accomplished?

Well, they held a rally ($23,788 in 2010)

They produced the book, Vaccine Epidemic, for which they list expenses of
$556 in 2010
$15,182 in 2011
$28,132 in 2012

So, that’s about $43k to produce the book. Much of that expense appears to be Ms. Hubakis’ compensation.

Here’s their list of program expenses for 2012.

Center for personal rights 2012 program expenses

From what I can tell, they took their total expenses for the year, including Ms. Hubakis’ compensation, and divided it by three and put that amount into each category. Hence my statement above that much of the expenses attributed to the book appear to be her compensation.

Their end of the year balances (net assets) have been declining:
$22,625 in 2010
$19,361 in 2011
-$1,220 in 2012

One might think they are on the way out. They would need a large infusion of cash to stay afloat. They still have a web presence and, well, Ms. Hubakis is a board member of Barry Segal’s “Focus Autism”. Mr. Segal and Focus Autism have distributed a significant amount of money to vaccine-antagonistic groups in recent years. And there are other wealthy people who contribute to such causes. So I wouldn’t count the Center for Personal Rights out just yet.

By Matt Carey

15 Responses to “The Center for Personal Rights, another charity with rather high salary/revenue”

  1. reissd November 19, 2014 at 22:31 #

    I have no doubt Ms. Habakis is devoted and hard working for the cause, but it is a little ironic to hear a movement represented by so many people who directly make their income from organization promoting the vaccines/autism and vaccines are dangerous (unfounded) claims accuse so many others of being shills.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 19, 2014 at 22:46 #

      A short list of people who have been paid as part of the vaccine antagonist movement, off the top of my head:

      Andrew Wakefield (paid by thoughtful house and SAI, plus speaker fees and who knows what else)
      Louise Kuo Hubakis (paid by Center for Personal Rights)
      Ginger Taylor (paid by the Canary Party)
      David Lewis (paid by Focus Autism)
      Brian Hooker (“research” efforts paid by Focus Autism)
      Kim Stagliano (paid to work at Age of Autism)
      Dan Olmsted (proprietor of the Age of Autism blog)
      Ed and Terri Arranga (Autism International, the charity that runs AutismOne conventions) (but this does seem to be a money losing operation)
      Mike Adams (the “Health Ranger”) appears to be doing quite well from Natural News and products
      Curt Linderman sells products from his website
      Mark and David Geier

    • Narad November 21, 2014 at 20:25 #

      I have no doubt Ms. Habakis is devoted and hard working for the cause

      I do. Go take a look at the Web site, and attend to how frequently it’s updated. That ain’t no $28,131 worth of effort.

  2. Goldy November 20, 2014 at 06:14 #

    I know you think it is your business to go after small organisations that have a different view than your own Sullivan but what about your beloved Offit for Profit.
    “Dr. Paul Offit, who became an IOM member in 2011, also has similarly concerning conflicts of interest. Dr. Offit reportedly received a $350,000 grant from Merck to develop a rotavirus vaccine, and has served on the scientific advisory board for Merck. He received another estimated $6 million when Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) sold the patent for the RotaTeq vaccine he developed. He was also on the CDC advisory board that approved the addition of a rotavirus vaccine to the US National Immunization Program (NIP) in 1998—a decision that paid off handsomely.

    The original rotavirus vaccine added to the NIP, which was made by a competitor, was pulled from the market due to adverse effects. The RotaTeq vaccine replaced it, and Dr. Offit continues to receive royalty payments from the sale of RotaTeq to this day. (According to Wired Magazine,12 Merck’s revenue from RotaTeq was $665 million in 2008 alone, of which Offit and his RotaTeq co-creators are said to receive a percentage.)

    In 2005, Merck, CHOP, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine announced the creation of the Maurice R. Hilleman Chair in Vaccinology. The chair, paid for by Merck, went to Dr. Offit, who still holds it to this day. In addition to his faculty salary at CHOP, he gets another $90,000 a year from this Merck-endowed chair. Offit has been severely criticized for his blatant conflicts of interest in the past and is also notorious for his claim that infants can tolerate 10,000 vaccines at once. Last year, he was also a primary figurehead behind a flurry of media reports that told readers to beware, if not outright be afraid, of taking supplements.”

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 20, 2014 at 06:47 #

      Actually I was the first person to give an accurate estimate of the royalty payment fro CHOP. That’s before your time though.

      Given that Dan Olmsted (journalist) and Mark Blaxill (Intellectual Property expert) could not do the simple search needed to get an accurate number I thought it worthwhile.

      When I pointed not their mistake they refused to make a correction. They basically stated that they would leave their gross exaggeration online until Dr. Offit met their demands.

      A little history lesson.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 20, 2014 at 06:51 #

      Dr. Offit has been criticized by people with clear biases who don’t understand what they are talking about. Such as trying to imply that an endowed chair is a conflict of interest.

      As to supplements, Dr. Offit repeated what the science says–they don’t work for the general public and often cause harm. But, hey, go ahead with your “figurehead” slams. They sound good when talking to the convinced but are a clear red flag that you are more interested in attacks than accurate information.

    • lilady November 21, 2014 at 08:23 #

      Goldy, must you post your sliming remarks about Dr. Paul Offit here?

      Dr. Offit’s involvement in the development of Rotateq vaccine has been explained to you and your pals at Age of Autism multiple times…yet you and your ilk, still persist in posting your defamatory lies.

      • lilady November 21, 2014 at 08:56 #

        Gee Goldy, why didn’t you credit *Joe Mercola for the direct quotes you ripped off from his website, which libeled Dr. Offit and took Dr. Offit to task for dissuading people from purchasing and consuming useless supplements?

        *Dr. Joe Mercola, who hasn’t seen a patient in years, whose fortune is derived from selling mega-vitamins, supplements and $5,000 tanning beds to credulous people.

        Dr. Mercola is anti-vaccine to the core of his being and is a major supporter of Barbara Loe Fisher’s crank anti-vaccine organization.

  3. Julian Frost November 20, 2014 at 06:36 #

    ” 65% of revenue went to compensation of Ms. Hubakis.”
    I’m trying to remember if I read this somewhere, or if I’m just imagining it. If I’m not imagining it, there is a rule of thumb that salaries must not be more than a certain percentage of a charity’s expenses. It’s definitely below 50% though.
    Just to clarify, I’m not including things like e.g. paying a physiotherapist.
    65% revenue to one person’s salary sounds extremely dodgy.

  4. Jonathan November 20, 2014 at 16:08 #

    of course Ari Ne’eman’s 62% annual salary increase as head of ASAN does not bother you a bit. total double standard, neurodiversity always gets a pass from you

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 20, 2014 at 17:21 #

      In 2012, ASAN’s total revenue was $375,817
      Mr. Ne’eman’s salary was $65,000, or 17%

      In the story above, I note that the salary/revenue ratio for the “Center for Personal Rights” was 65%, with all the salary expense to one person. And that’s averaged over 3 years. In 2012, the Center for Personal Rights paid it’s executive director over 100% of revenue.

      No double standard at all. Thanks for the opportunity to clear that up for you.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 20, 2014 at 18:38 #

      By the way, when Mr. Ne’eman went from volunteer to paid at ASAN, his percentage salary increase was infinite. That sounds even worse, doesn’t it?

      As I pointed out the last time we had this discussion, if one looks at the entire story, it’s different than the single metric you are quoting. Consider the story above. It is not just that the salary fraction is high (much higher than at ASAN), but it is also that they are accomplishing nothing. Publishing a book that gets read by those already convinced (or purchased by those already convinced and not read) and holding a rally.

      Consider ASAN, working on topics to improve the lives of autistics.

  5. Saraquill November 20, 2014 at 23:58 #

    I take it the “personal rights” this organization is righting for benefits a scant quantity of people?

  6. Narad November 21, 2014 at 09:46 #

    This is good:

    Louise is a board-certified health practitioner specializing in integrative nutrition and homotoxicology.

    Gee, that sounds rigorous. Oh, wait.

  7. Jorge Ramírez November 21, 2014 at 17:36 #

    Reblogged this on Chaotic Pharmacology.

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